Nintendo Creators Program Ending

The old system has been thrown out in favor of new, more inclusive guidelines.

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 12/01/2018 14:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nintendo made waves with its controversial Nintendo Creators Program, but not the fun surfing kind— these waves were the sort that just sink ships. In brief, Nintendo gave content creators a bunch of hoops to jump through in order to receive any of the profit garnered from producing videos featuring any of the Japanese company’s intellectual properties. What’s more, back in February of this year, Nintendo made the guidelines even stricter, further drawing the ire of fans across the globe.

Well, after a rocky lifespan that dates back to the days of Wii U, the Creators Program is officially ending come the close of 2018. It will be replaced with a new set of guidelines that don’t require creators to sign-up or join any sort of group or organization. Here’s what Nintendo posted on their website:

  • You may monetize your videos and channels using the monetization methods separately specified by Nintendo. Other forms of monetization of our intellectual property for commercial purposes are not permitted.
  • We encourage you to create videos that include your creative input and commentary. Videos and images that contain mere copies of Nintendo Game Content without creative input or commentary are not permitted. You may, however, post gameplay videos and screenshots using Nintendo system features, such as the Capture Button on Nintendo Switch, without additional input or commentary.
  • You are only permitted to use Nintendo Game Content that has been officially released, or from promotional materials officially released by Nintendo (such as product trailers or Nintendo Directs).
  • If you want to use the intellectual property of a third party, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary third-party permissions.
  • You are not permitted to imply or state that your videos are officially affiliated with or sponsored by Nintendo.
  • We reserve the right to remove any content that we believe is unlawful, infringing, inappropriate, or not in line with these Guidelines.

According to Nintendo, so long as fans “follow [these] basic rules” their content will remain untouched by the company. Of course, that’s followed by word that Nintendo will also “update these Guidelines from time to time,” leaving things open-ended for alterations as necessary. This has been a decided sticking point for many who have tried to create Nintendo-related content over the years, but whether or not this proverbial olive branch is enough or will be accepted remains to be seen.

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Source: Nintendo

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